Medley, Curated by Ehab Ellaban

Gallery Ward Dubi
12 March
12 April, 2016

To commemorate the opening of Gallery Ward's new space at Dubai Design District, we are proud to present "Medley", a concept developed by renowned curator Ehab Ellaban in 2013. The exhibition features a survey of selected works by: Adam Henin, Adel Tharwat, Ahmed El Shaer, Ahmed Kassim, Armen Agop, Ayman Elsemary, Ayman Lotfy, Essam Marouf, Essam Darwish, and Mohammed Abouelnaga. 'Medley' continues to celebrate cultures and creativity through showcasing a collection of diverse works by some of the region's most prominent contemporary artists. Although the artists, subjects, media and styles in this exhibition are diverse and eclectic, they are all linked in identifying today's aesthetic. The exhibition hopes to provide viewers with a deeper understanding and a more relevant dialogue around Arab contemporary art.

The opening is held under the patronage of H.E Abdul Rahman Al Owais, UAE Minister of Health & H.E Sherif El Bidewy, Consul-General of Egypt in Dubai.


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Linked Itineraries, Reminiscence and Representation
Adam Henein - Farouk Hosny


Curated by Ehab Ellaban

Gallery Ward Dubi
11 March
30 April, 2015

This exhibition marks a significant meeting point in the regional exhibition movement, presenting works side to side by two widely celebrated and inspirational figures in the Arab World art: Adam Henein & Farouk Hosny. Two personal styles and languages, interlinked in the ways each translate visually personal inspiration.
Linked Itineraries, Reminiscence, and Representation brings back Adam Henein and Farouk Hosny after their seminal exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum Farouk Hosny/Adam Henein: Contemporary Egyptian Artists and Heirs to an Ancient Tradition in 1999.

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Ayman Lotfy - Her

Gallery Ward Dubi
18 January
20 February 2015

Eyes are man's windows to perceiving the outer world. Yet only few are able to reverse this reality and alternatively use their sense of vision as a method for looking inward. Lotfy explores the often surreal nature of raw human expression with "Her" by focusing his lens in the direction of genuine, visceral human emotion. A subject that is persistently tackled by artists universally, emotions manifest themselves in a variety of expressions that Lotfy realises are too complex for the camera to fully capture on its own. He therefore turns to blending photography with secondary forms of art such as body painting, where his canvas is the body itself, complimented with theatrical backdrops, lighting, and artistic composition rendered complete by ultimately capturing specific moments of human expression.
Conceptually reminiscent of the work of masters of Surrealism such as Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, Lotfy communicates to us the uncanny. What we initially suppose to be familiar soon becomes strikingly abnormal. We are able to recognise every part of the body, however as we study it more closely we are meant to observe an inverted image of the same subject with feelings previously unseen transcribed on the skin.

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Adel Tharwat - Egyptian Beliefs

Gallery Ward Dubai
20 October
26 November, 2014

Curated by Ehab Ellaban, this exhibition highlights iconic concepts, style, and imagery of Tharwat's representations of Egyptian culture. The artist's bold and vibrant figures and sceneries are charged with noble understanding of a rich heritage and deep awe to forefathers of all civilizations that shaped modern Egyptian life we know today. The paintings tell combinations of stories through obvious and subtle visual associations of elements from old tales, popular myths, and melodious hymns that have survived and become uniquely encrypted in Egyptian memories.
Although the artist derives inspiration and incorporates images from history, he maintains a completely modern perspective in contextualising his visions. Thus the works reveal new meanings to symbols manifested in objects (like the key), forms (like triangles), texts, or postures and features of his figures that are reminiscent of Pharaonic monuments and murals. Tharwat's surreal settings raise new aesthetic implications, in terms of colour, composition and angles, use of space, and conceptual presumptions, bringing forth an experience that drives viewers to use their imagination in order to make sense of and complete the stories presented.

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Selections from the Contemporary Egyptian Art Scene Vol. 2

Gallery Ward Dubai
May 20
August 28

Gallery Ward presents the promised sequel to 'Selections from the Contemporary Egyptian Art Scene', a concept developed by renowned curator Ehab Ellaban in 2013. The exhibition features a survey of selected works by eight artists from Egypt: Ahmed Kassim, Armen Agop, Atef Ahmed, Ayman El Semary, Essam Darwish, Essam Marouf, Mohamed Ardash, and Naglaa Samir.
'Selections' continues to celebrate Egyptian culture and creativity through showcasing a collection of diverse works by some of the country's most prominent contemporary artists. Although the artists, subjects, media and styles in this exhibition are diverse and eclectic, they are all linked in identifying today's Egyptian aesthetic. Volume 2 of the series hopes to provide viewers with a deeper understanding and a more relevant dialogue around Egyptian contemporary art.

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Essam Marouf – Discovering Visions Within a Trapped Memory

Gallery Ward Dubi
17 March
20 April, 2014

Essam Marouf's exhibition showcases the very reason why his work has played a key role in the current Egyptian art movement.
Marouf has found a way to recall some of the most persistent and pivotal recollections trapped in his memory. These are sometimes of people with faces filled with energy, others haunted by an unknown or filled with gazes of hope or even lost in the obscurity of tomorrow.
We could find all of these conflicting impressions in Marouf's pieces, denoting the artist's extreme sensitivity and perception in portraying all of those varied emotions. His characters may not be known to us in real life, but we sense their closeness when we meet them. We feel that they live in some corner of life and they might even remind us of people we met in our own journey.
They are grouped together in many of his pieces, but are sometimes solitary in the space of the portrait, compelling one's total attention and wonder and lacing a connection between one's own mood and the meaning that the artist is presenting.
Essam Marouf's characters are familiar to us; we have seen them somewhere before. When and where - we do not know. But they bring back memories and faces that we have kept safe in our own memories.

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Ahmed Kassim - The Hive

Gallery Ward Dubi
29 January
7 March, 2014

At certain points in time there is a need for one to open one's mind to the all encompassing perspective of the world that we share with many other beings in an interconnected existence. Man coexist with numerous forms of life, they might seem different at first glance, but upon looking a little closer, we find, to our surprise, that we are almost looking into a mirror reflecting ourselves. Often one is blind to this revelation, due to being totally engrossed by one's own existence.
Life's structure and rhythm is similar, but varies according to the characteristics of each species and its interaction with its context. Every living creature constructs a format of life suitable to it, where conflicts arise, disperse, and life's challenges force mingling and cooperation. In this exhibition we felt the need to turn our focus to a different world, that of a beehive.
Examining it closely and comparing it to our own, thus formulating a nuanced perspective articulated in visual representation. By looking at the cycle of life: recognizing body and soul, analyzing resistance and defense, seeking victory and succumbing to defeat, focusing on construction and annihilation, and finally the ultimate dichotomy; good and evil. It inevitably starts and takes us all the way to the end, from birth to death. Presented by the artist Ahmed Kassem, this concept takes us on a journey, examining his perception of that intricate and complex world. Once again, he brings us closer to his personal vision as he does throughout his oeuvre. Here he presents a number of very bold works, embedding within them intricate smaller expressions.
We as viewers need to tread between all the smaller elements, in order to read through the whole exhibited work. Kassem strategically positions the viewer with a bird-eye view overlooking many of the works; pondering the elements of his constructed world while hovering above it. He demands that the one views the components juxtaposed, at times one finds a cluster that is consciously chosen to grasp one's attention, it does not however, deter one from moving to the next in a passionate fervent need to take in more.
This is a highly conscious and designed examination of the inner world of a beehive . Through the appreciation of it, we find that it is closely resembles our own. One might even feel confused at times between both worlds; that of the bees and that of humans.

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El Moulid A group exhibition exploring a unique cultural phenomenon

Gallery Ward Dubi
23 November
8 January 2014

November 2013- Dubai –UAE: Gallery Ward prepares for its third exhibition in the UAE since its opening. A group exhibition exploring a unique cultural phenomenon, "El Moulid" will open on Saturday November 23rd as part of the Quoz Happens event and will feature cultural activities inspired by to the festivities throughout the day for a real family experience.
"EL Moulid" is named after a traditional event that essentially celebrates the birth of a Sufi saint and takes place throughout the year all over Egypt and has a very vibrant carnival feel with unique rituals and characteristics. The exhibition will show a selection of work by a group of contemporary Egyptian artists that have been commissioned by Gallery Ward to articulate their personal interpretation of El Moulid through their work.

The Program :
As part of the programming surrounding Quoz Happens, Gallery Ward will be hosting a children's workshop from 11am - 2pm. Children aged 5+ are invited to re-create aspects of a 'Moulid' on paper using an array of materials. At 7 pm guests will be taken on a Bilingual guided tour through the art on showcase reflecting the concept of "EL Moulid". This will be followed at 8 pm by a performance known as Tanoura (a traditional Dance performed at Moulid also known as whirling Darvish)

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The Journey (A solo exhibition by Ayman Elsemary)

Gallery Ward Dubi
6 October
21 November 2013

Gallery Word Dubai is pleased to present acollection of works by Ayman Elsemary, a multidisci plinary contemporary Egyption artist whose work being shown in the UAE and GCC for first time

 

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Selections from the Contemporary Egyptian Art Scene vol.1

Gallery Ward Dubi
30 April
25 septmber

Society often seeks to understand more about a culture or human beings through various forms of creative expression. Art as opposed to the written or spoken word has an intrinsic transcendent quality. It communicates an expression, idea or mood without boundaries or limitations. This exhibition aims to focus on the diverse and eclectic visual expression that provides a glimpse into the contemporary Egyptian art scene today.
The artists, subjects, media and style channeled in this exhibition could not be more diverse; however they are all linked by their pivotal role in the Egyptian art scene today. Gallery Ward aims to consistently showcase a handpicked collective of noteworthy contemporary Egyptian artists through a series of exhibitions titled 'Selections', the first of which will be launched by this exhibition. In the long term, this series will provide the viewer access to an extensive array of contemporary art from Egypt, allowing for better exposure, deeper understanding and a more relevant dialogue.
We hope you enjoy this exhibition that will hopefully leave you curious and looking forward to more from Gallery Ward.

 

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